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First Look: Krytos Industries Titanium Glock Pistol Slides

First Look: Krytos Industries Titanium Glock Pistol Slides

Thanks to an entirely new, patented finishing process for titanium wear surfaces, Krytos Industries is able to provide a product that, until now, wasn't possible. The company's all-new titanium Glock pistol slides are treated with a special finish that enables them to withstand the wear encountered by handgun slides.

“This is an exciting time for our young company,” Krytos Industries President Ben Cook said. “We were overwhelmed by the reactions we received from attendees and our industry partners at the NRA Convention this year. ArmorTiTM has consistently amazed us with what it allows titanium to do and we truly believe it will change the face of material design considerations in the firearms industry and many others. ArmorTiTM was designed with aerospace and medical applications in mind, but since we are all firearms industry veterans, we couldn’t help but launch in this industry first. Using our team’s considerable industry experience, we have tested our products to extreme levels to ensure they live up to our standards, which are ridiculous.”

Until now, titanium was not a viable material for use in areas of a firearm that experienced friction, wear and impacts. The reason for this is that titanium, unlike other metals, has a tendency to gall when it runs across another surface. Galling is a wear pattern caused by friction-welding of metals and, therefore, makes it a poor choice for many friction-related applications found in the firearm industry.

However, Krytos Industries pioneered its ArmorTiTm process, which adds an enhanced surface finish on titanium that's far stronger than anodizing or DLC finishes. This is accomplished through a forced-diffusion process that coats the product while retaining all of the beneficial properties of titanium. The company's Glock pistol slides, for example, are 45 percent of the weight of the OEM steel slide, reducing the weight of the overall gun by at least 25 percent. A factory Glock G19 Gen 3 pistol slide weighs 11.5 ounces. The all-titanium Krytos Industries Glock slide weighs a scant 6.4 ounces.

In field testing, participants noted that the gun felt slightly "snappier" in terms of recoil, but the overall difference in felt recoil was negligible. Due to the decreased weight of the slide, the velocity of the slide's cycling was much faster, and less weight meant that there was less inertia in the slide's return to battery, enabling users to get on target quicker than with an OEM pistol slide.

Titanium slides are available for Glock G17 and G19 handguns and are machined from billets of 6AL-4V Grade 5 titanium and treated with the company's proprietary ArmorTiTm process, producing an all-black finish. The slides are available with cuts for a Trijicon RMR reflex optic. Other products available from the company include AR-10 and AR-15 bolt carriers and guide rods for the G17 and G19 pistols.

The suggested retail price on the Krytos Industries titanium Glock pistol slides starts at $549.99.

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